Felt the same damn way. I hated spending that much on them. But after doing a good amount of research probably the most important piece of equipment you will buy. Comfort is key..
My review on the lunarendors is this.. Comfort is awesome. They feel like a sneaker. The sole took me some time to get used to. I felt everything under my foot on and off the board. Was interesting. I think my boots are to big so I am going to exchange for a half size smaller. (This just could be my foot).
I rode about 8 hours for 5 days straight. All Mountain riding. Boot felt really comfy.. I really like the dual lace system too. I had to crank down on them due to the bigness.
As far as stiffness is concerned I do like a stiffer boot. My DC's were awesome in that category. But I was willing to sacrifice some stiffness for comfort. The Nike boots were quick to break in and didn't feel to much different from when you first put them on.
I can't comment on quality cause I don't have enough time on them but from what I can notice they seem pretty solid. I like the plastic in the back outside of the boot for when I am Kicking and my board hits the boot. Doesn't tear it up like other boots I have had.
My feet still got cold but again that could be due to the negative 40 i was in. I just put a little foot warmer on the top of my foot and was good. The toe box in the nike is big so you have some extra room in there.
They did take me a little bit to get used to due but nothing crazy. So if you are willing to sacrifice some stiffness for comfort I think you would be happy in the NIke boot and snocon (Seattle Snowboard, Skate, and Surf Shop | SnowboardConnection.com
) has them for 300 bucks.. Cheapest i found. Limited sizes..
Just to make sure, I'm not looking for people to tell me what to buy. I'm looking for reviews and experiences or ideas as to what other boots I can look into and so far I appreciate the feedback.
I would never buy boots without trying them on first. For example the big reason I'm considering the Lunarendors is because they fit so freaking well but the price pisses me off haha.